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Bungalows Santa Cruz

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed for a week. Excellent breakfast available virtually all morning . Packed breakfast available if on an early morning excursion. Very helpful staff who would take you down to the Beautiful beach bar at a moments notice. Towels available for the beach. Very good value. Would definitely return.

Adjacent to the Santa Fe Hotel this was a really nice stay.Huge, clean Bungalows with AC. Very mexican style. Everything is a little dated but worked fine. We had a lovely terrace with ocean view. The Bungalows share a pool. But there are more in the main building. Wonderful Restaurant with both- good food and views. We will be back !

I wanted to give the Bungalows Santa Cruz a better rating, but just couldn't do it. Positives: great location, just steps from Zicatela Beach, ATM, small grocery store, fun beach restaurants. Cute bungalow, but we pay for apartments and bungalows in order to eat in for breakfast, and sometime lunch and/or dinner. Our room, R3 was upstairs (which I recommend because of the better beach views.) It is across the street from the beach, and the car/truck traffic can be pretty loud. In the kitchen, we had 1 kitchen knife, that had the end broken off: unusable. No paper towels, no hand towels, just a couple of glasses and dishes, no spices, but we did have lots of ants in the kitchen. Big ones and small ones. Also, the bed is rock hard and every night my husband and I were feeling bites. I assume mostly from mosquitos. The windows were closed, but they don't close well and I assume that's where the mosquitos were getting in. Not fun in the era of the Zika virus. It got so bad I asked the front desk to have the housekeeper change our sheets because of the bites (bed bugs maybe?) and she seemed very unconcerned and ticked off that we would even ask. We went in town and bought the bungalow a couple of knives so we could actually cut something. The hotel restaurant next door is terrific, and it's great to be able to use their pools. I really wanted to like this place, and would.., if the management would get a grip and pay more attention to the bug and kitchen ware issues.

First time in Mexico, stayed at this place. It became my favorite place. Spacious room, best location. Very clean. Vegetarian food is amazing and their breakfasts are delicious. Location is amazing, just in front of the beach.

This was my first time in Puerto Escondido and I must say staying at this hotel made all the difference. Most commendable about the hotel is its excellent restaurant. After heading out to the various beach palapa restaurants and being ripped-off with bad food and terrible service, we had dinner at the hotel restaurant once and never looked back! Food was well-priced, the menu varied – with an amazing vegetarian selection (unheard of in Mexico) – and every dish we sampled was absolutely delicious. The bungalows are not bungalows at all but rather a kind of house with 4 apartments. That said, each has a very private feel and has a pleasant terrace with table, chairs and hammock. There is a very nice pool in leafy surroundings with sun-loungers. The apartment itself is spacious with basic furnishings. The bathroom is nice and stocked with shampoo, soap, and conditioner. There is a free purified water dispenser on each floor which is excellent. The TV has English channels. Within a few steps of a gorgeous white-sand beach with large waves. This is definitely a better and cleaner beach than some of the others in Puerto. The hotel is within short walking distance of an ATM, shops, and a supermarket. The air-conditioning is efficient but oddly placed in the kitchen rather than in the bedroom, so it has to be left on all day to cool down the apartment eventually. The ceiling fans work well although they are rather noisy. On the down side, the wifi although free had a very weak signal. The service at the front desk was variable from somewhat hostile to passable. The apartments on the lower floor are not recommended because of foot traffic – try for one on the top floor. Although the terraces are sea-facing, you cannot see the sea because of the tall palm trees on the beach covering the view. Overall, highly recommended.

I have for many years on spent a week or two with family and freind over Christmas at the Santa Cruz Bungalows and always enjoyed it very much. There are only eight bungalows, four in every building so you don´t see the neighbours much. The pool is nearly always alone since many take to the beach or one of the two pools in the Santa Fe Hotel right next to it. I prefer the bungalow pool since it is not as warm as the other pools, it is just perfect for cooling you down. We would have a light meal in the bungalow and vegetarian food at the restaurant in the Hotel. If you want to vary there are plenty of places around. I highly recomend it for couples and families.

It is so clean, it has a good location , close from the surf point. Big rooms. And also the food is really good. The vegetarian food is tasty !! I really had a great time staying at bungalows Santa Cruz !!!

My husband and I stayed for many years at the Bungalows Santa Cruz. We enjoyed having the privacy of our own swimming pool and kitchen but still having all the amenities of the main hotel. The restaurant is one of the best in Puerto and for sure has one of the best vistas of the ocean. The location is very central and you can access the beaches quite easlily. I know you will enjoy your stay there. Ana

Santa Fe/Santa Cruz. We made a booking through DHR for a Junior Suite in the Santa Fe Hotel only to find that we were given a room in the adjacent Santa Cruz Bungalows, managed by the same Reception Desk. Only the next morning were we to realise that the responsibility for what turned out to be, to us, considerable discomfort lay with DHR who had also charged us for the Junior Suite in the Santa Fe whilst allocating to the Santa Cruz. This assessment, therefore, relates to the Santa Cruz Bungalows. In a word, our room C4 was a dump. Very warn and very smelly.We were suspicious that the source of the smell could have been leaking gas from the 4 ring gas cooker and this turned out to be the case with the result that we were moved to room C2. Rubbish already in bins, electrical fittings loose and not connected, curtains just-a-say hanging, no hot water in the shower and cockroaches and a layer of dust covering floor and kitchen tiles most of which were cracked. ''Neo-colonial, palm shaded, colonial ranch style furnishing'', Lonely Planet's words not ours but scratch the surface or, in daylight and you would most definitely not want to rest your head in the Santa Cruz room ............ or even sit on its furniture for that matter. We also came away with a residual itch ! Certainly not recommended.

TYPE OF TRIP: Great place to stay if your boyfriend/husband surfs. Waves are right in front of this hotel. Lots of other side trips where he can surf, just an hour or two away via car. I found ways to exercise while he surfed. Early runs on the beach and exercise in the pool. There is a yoga studio in town - daily classes which was another option. FOOD IN TOWN: Tons of eating options - delicious burrito place on the main drag and good Spinach and Cheese pastries at Cafecito restaurant. The Italian restaurant at the end of the street is some of the best quality food in this beach town. ROOM/FACILITIES: Rooms where simple, a bit run down but if you can get a room with a balcony overlooking the ocean, it's worth it. Beds where comfy and big. Sheets had some holes in them but again, you can ask them to get you some new ones. They did a good job of cleaning each day which is important. The kitchen was basic, but crucial as we always cooked bfast there to save money and start the day. Fridge helped as you could keep your snacks there. We never had rats but our neighbors did. Normally I would freak out, but we put all our food in the fridge and never had a problem. The people at the hotel were really nice, the pool was great to have since you can't swim at the beach (really) because of the huge currents/waves, and the price made it worth it. I am pretty picky but this place is doable and the location is spot on. PRICING: Was about $40/night, way to save money but still be in the mix of it at Playa Zicatela.

Calle del Morro S/N Puerto Escondido OAX

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Bungalows Santa Cruz is located within a mile (2 km) of Principal Beach and Marinero Beach. This 20-room, 3-star hotel has a restaurant along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and free in-room WiFi. It's in central Puerto Escondido and also close to Puerto Angelito Beach and Carrizalillo Beach.


For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


The 20 air-conditioned accommodations feature kitchenettes and balconies, and there's space to spread out with dining areas. Guests can enjoy cable TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer free toiletries. Other standard amenities include sofa beds, coffee makers, and ceiling fans.

Property features

Guests staying at Bungalows Santa Cruz enjoy an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and free WiFi in public areas. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with dry cleaning or laundry, and answer any questions about the area. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a business center, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

70.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 25 reviews